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Miami Swim Week Kickoff Benefits LLF

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 28 - 2024

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, Miami Swim Week will host its opening show benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation featuring Ema Savahl Design at the SLS South Beach Hotel from 7:00PM –10:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy 3 hours of complimentary cocktails featuring products from Tito’s Vodka, Barcelo Rum, Penelope Bourbon, El Mayor Tequila, Voga Italia Prosecco, Tita Italian Wine & Delicatessen, and Mastri Birrai Umbri as well as Kōpū Water. 

A minimum $75 donation is required to attend in advance, a minimum $125 donation is required at the door. Limited VIP seating is available for those who make a minimum $195 donation. Please make your donation at

Official after party at Hyde Beach at 10:00PM after the show. 

All proceeds from this event will go towards LLF’s Back to School Program! To learn more about LLF’s Back to School Program please visit

Bonnet House Orchid Festival and Brunch

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On March - 29 - 2023







The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens 14th Annual International Orchid & Garden Festival will take place on Saturday, April 1 & Sunday April 2, 2023, from 9am – 4pm each day. This year the highly anticipated Festival will feature a new addition, a special brunch on the veranda each day.

The festival welcomes orchid enthusiasts and plant lovers alike to vividly experience – and purchase – diverse, colorful, and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants, herbs and fruit trees, butterfly garden plants, garden art and so much more, sold by over 25 local and international vendors from Thailand, Ecuador, and Brazil. For the first time in 30 years, Bonnet House welcomes orchid vendor Ornamentales Ledezma from Costa Rica. Read the rest of this entry »

Siena Tavern Teams Up with Lauren’s Kids

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 10 - 2015

sienaSiena Tavern, one of Miami Beach’s newest hotspots, is excited to announce its recent partnership with South Florida-based non-profit organization Lauren’s Kids for the entire month of April—Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Siena Tavern has generously offered to give 20 percent of the recently launched Gelato-To-Go proceeds to Lauren’s Kids, whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and help survivors heal with guidance and support.

Gelato-To-Go is a new option for Siena Tavern “sweet-treat” lovers. Instead of dining in and waiting for dessert, you can pick up some fresh gelato and eat it in the comfort of your home. Available by the pint, for $10, customers can take home any flavor on the menu, including: vanilla bean, double chocolate, salted caramel, hazelnut, pistachio and crème brulee.


Philly Socialholic: Here, Here, for Cheers For CHOP 2015!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 12 - 2015

sp2This year’s Cheers for CHOP 2015 at the Valley Forge Casino was probably one of the most fun events of the year. Benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Child Life activities, one of the first programs in the country to recognize the therapeutic value of play for hospitalized children; Friends of CHOP brought the “fun” in fundraiser. With over 700 guests in attendance the philanthropic young influencers raised nearly $675,000 benefitting the amazing cause.

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Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation and Vetri Foundation for Children

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 24 - 2015

John Colabelli, Jeff Benjamin, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri

John Colabelli, Jeff Benjamin, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri


On Wednesday, January 21, the Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation, the Vetri Foundation for Children and Philadelphia’s top VIPs, philanthropists and chefs gathered at the Rittenhouse Hotel for a very special evening hosted by Garrett Snider, to benefit Vetri Foundation for Children. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while learning about the Vetri Foundation’s “Eatiquette” program. “Eatiquette” helps schools provide healthy, scratch made meals while working within the federal guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. Students eat family style, allowing them to practice life skills such as teamwork, communication, manners and portion control while receiving fresh, nutritious lunches; For more information, visit Read the rest of this entry »

Well-Heeled Guests Kick-off Wine, Women & Shoes

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 17 - 2014

Lucy Morillo, Criselda Breene, Dr. Kini, Sofial Joelsson, Calora Pimentel, & Cassie Preston

Lucy Morillo, Criselda Breene, Dr. Kini, Sofial Joelsson, Calora Pimentel, & Cassie Preston

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Champagne wishes, caviar dreams and the best truffle risotto delighted well-heeled (pun intended) Miami influencers and socialites at the highly-anticipated Wine, Women & Shoes Kick-off party benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation which took place on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The glamorous event was hosted by renowned interior designer, Sofia Joelsson on the gorgeous rooftop of her penthouse home in South Beach to celebrate the upcoming 4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes presented by Sergio Rossi, which is scheduled for February 4, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

The event served as a backdrop for chairs Carola Pimentel and Criselda Breene to announce Sergio Rossi as this year’s High Heel Presenting Sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »